80 Hipster Baby Names for Boys & Girls That Sound Effortlessly Cool

Genny Glassman | Nov 10, 2019 Pregnancy
80 Hipster Baby Names for Boys & Girls That Sound Effortlessly Cool
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80 Hipster Baby Names for Boys & Girls That Sound Effortlessly Cool
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We all know that hipsters have the best insider knowledge. We can make fun all we want, but when it comes down to it, hipsters are tastemakers. They know the best music, clothes, books, movies, types of plant-based milks, all before everyone else does. And this is even true for baby names! That's right, we said it: Hipsters know good baby names. Because they have a thorough knowledge of all things unusual and interesting -- not to mention some incredibly large record collections -- hipsters are definitely the people we want to go to when it comes to coming up with an unusual, beautiful name for a business or to create a book title. And although we may not initially think it, that hipster knowledge also extends to baby names, where hipsters can let their freak flags fly. From this hipster boom has come a revival of classic and cool names, as well as dozens of new names that parents can grab before they're hot on the charts.


Folks may not want to cement their hipster status by declaring themselves as official members of this organic granola-munching tribe, but the truth is, hipsters are pretty mainstream now. In fact, in a study done in 2013, 50 percent of millennials identified as hipsters, and that number has only grown! Why delay the inevitable and miss out on some ultra cool and totally one-of-a-kind baby names in the process? Want to be in with the cool crowd? Or maybe pick baby names worthy of starting a family band? With the help of BabyNameWizard.com, we found 80 of the coolest boy and girl baby names for all those future baby hipsters. So grab a baby blue bicycle, a handlebar mustache, and possibly an underground polka band that others have "probably never heard of," and scroll through to check out these adorably obscure and oh-so-hip baby names. And if these don't seem quite hip enough, take a peek at modern baby names for parents who want to stay ahead of the trends and old-fashioned nicknames for girls that make charming first names, which are unusual enough to be very cool.


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  • ELVIS

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    This name is 100 percent American, baby! Elvis is an American creation, made popular by -- as most would guess it -- the king himself. Surprisingly, the name has stayed popular throughout the decades. It was the 600th most popular baby name in the US in 2007 but it fell off the charts in 2012. Much like the musician of the same name, this is one title that will never go out of style.

  • BEATRIX

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    This little one is made to be happy! Beatrix, from the Latin beatus, means "happy" or "she who brings happiness." The name has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names, making it truly hipster. Some famous Beatrixes were Beatrix Potter, who wrote the Peter Rabbit books, and Uma Thurman's character in Kill Bill, Beatrix Kiddo.

  • ARLO

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    A name for the folk lovers out there! Arlo had a small blip of popularity from the 1900s–1930s, though it never topped any US baby name lists. The most popular Arlo is Arlo Guthrie, son of folk legend Woody Guthrie, who was known for making protest music. Far out, man!

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  • MAGNOLIA

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    What's old is new again! Originally popular in the late 1800s, Magnolia is due for a comeback. Like the flower from which it gets its name, Magnolia is a floral and pretty name that nature lovers are sure to covet.

  • EDISON

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    Possibly one of the most recognizable names in science. Edison, meaning "Edie's son" in Old English, was the last name of Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, the telegraph, and the phonograph (among many other inventions). As a name, Edison was wildly popular in the 1800s, fell off the charts in the early 1900s, and roared back to life in the 2010s. In 2018, it was the 536th most popular name in the US. Electric!

  • TALLULAH

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    A quirky name with a Native American heritage, Tallulah is a Choctaw name meaning "jumping water." It's also the name of Demi Moore's and Bruce Willis' youngest daughter, as well as the name of actress Tallulah Bankhead. The name has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names, but with all these celeb sightings, it seems that's about to change.

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  • OTIS

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